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Rhine and Courtesan

Bjorkdroid
I thought I should post some sort of update for Sirenia Digest #50:

1. the new science-fiction story, "Hydrarguros," is finished. This is a story that grew from a concept for a 2k-word vignette to a 9,186 full-tilt-boogie word tale. Yesterday, I wrote 1,242 words. I wasn't sure I'd found the ending. Then, last night, I read it to Spooky (humglum ) and Geoffrey (readingthedark ), and when i was done they both declared it finished. As in, there's really nowhere logical left for it to go. I often have these unexpected endings; it's always a jolt, but a pleasant jolt. I think this is my best sf story since the "A Season of Broken Dolls" and "In View of Nothing" duology, back in 2007. I hope Sirenia readers will agree.

2. I have a little editing to do, but I think you can expect #50 to go out Wednesday evening.

3. I know I'd said that the responses to the two questionaires, the "what you you do if you had me alone" and the "what sort of summonable monster" might I be, would appear in #50. Because the issue is running late, however, and because I still have to sort through some of those, I'm bumping that feature to #51 (February). In fact, I think I may add a third question, now that we have more time. Suggestions for a third question are welcome.

And that's about it. Geoffrey arrived about 8 p.m. (CaST) last night. Spooky turned in earlyish, but he and I were up until after five discussing...well, lots. Music (mostly VNV Nation, but also Radiohead, Placebo, NIN, Tori Amos, and Sisters of Mercy), magick, T. S. Kuhn, Baudelaire and the Decadents, the Modernists, our misspent youths, chess, Second Life, film, drugs...all the usual suspects. It was very good to unplug for a night and actually have some non-avatar-mediated people time. But I'm now jonsing for a dose of Insilico, and will likely be back inworld tonight. I miss Xiang.

Comments

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sovay
Feb. 1st, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
I think this is my best sf story since the "A Season of Broken Dolls" and "In View of Nothing" duology, back in 2007.

I look forward to finding out.

Suggestions for a third question are welcome.

What rite would you perform to keep me out?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 1st, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)

What rite would you perform to keep me out?

That's an interesting one...

You were missed last night, by the way.
sovay
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
You were missed last night, by the way.

I suspect I would have enjoyed the conversation! Let me know when you're next up for an outworld night.
robmacanthony
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Nice - Sister of Mercy. First, Last and Always is still my favorite album of theirs. If you like them, there's a certain window of time over which the Swedish band Tiamat might appeal. They're a bit harder but from about 1997 to 2003 took on decidedly more "gothic" turn (if I had to label them). Judas Christ is a great album by them.
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